The Wild River Wilderness is located in the eastern part of the White Mountains between the Wildcat-Carter Mountain Range and the Baldface Range. It is one of the most isolated areas of the forest, with trails that have remained natural and are seldom maintained.
With more than 5,000 acres, the Great Gulf Wilderness has 22 miles of trails and is situated within a glacial cirque with the northern Presidential mountains on all sides.
The 45,000-acre Pemigewasset Wilderness was once a major logging region, but during the past 70+ years, it has returned to its former natural beauty.
The Tripyramids, Mt. Whiteface and Mt. Passaconaway are three of several peaks that dominate the Sandwich Range Wilderness, a 35,800-acre area with 57 miles of hiking trails.
Access to many of the trailheads of these wildernesses is the 100-mile White Mountains Trail National Scenic Byway. The Kancamagus Highway, or Route 112, is a very popular stretch of the Byway, with many places to stop for great landscape photos without having to hike deep into the forested wilderness.
Science can explain why the green leaves of summer transform themselves into the brilliant colors of fall, but once you and your camera find yourself among the amazing color palette of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, science must give way to fantasy and creativity. Your mind will identify the colors you see as red, orange, yellow and gold, but they will actually defy definition and categorization.
The fall colors is just one of the many reasons that you should travel to the White Mountains during October, for the colors are the accents of the amazing landscapes that include 48 mountains of 4,000 feet in elevation and the tallest mountain in the Northeast, Mount Washington, at 6,288 feet. These are the sentinels of wilderness, often with bizarrely shaped craggy peaks, and where huge slabs of rock have fallen throughout the millennia to create spectacular overlooks that are perfect photographic locations.
As overwhelming as the wide view may be, the 148,000 acres of the White Mountain National Forest also contain infinite macrophotography opportunities. Close-ups of those colorful leaves will allow you to capture natural patterns and textures; and you could easily wander into the deep wilderness in pursuit of the profusion of infinite small subject matter throughout the hardwood and thick spruce-fir forests.
The White Mountain National Forest consists of a number of specific wilderness areas.
Whatever White Mountains photography adventure inspires your vision and creativity, you are bound to find both the most popular subjects and scenes and access some that are only known to the locals when you clear your calendar for the White Mountains, New Hampshire Fall Photo Tour, October 5–9, 2014. Your hosts, guides and instructors will be Tony Sweet, the highly respected photographer, lecturer and teacher, and Susan Milestone, who is widely published and recognized as having a great eye for fine art and nature photography.
Unlike too many photography workshops where the instructors seem to be constantly in your ear, Tony and Susan will guide you to outstanding shooting locations, but then let you take charge of your creativity. They are photographers, too, so they will also be shooting with the the group, but will be always ready to help you overcome a challenge, review a technique or offer compositional tips.
Tony and Susan prefer to utilize classroom instruction and critique sessions to arm you with the information you need to be more independent in the field. Classes during the tour will also focus on digital software since Tony is one of the acknowledged experts in the most advanced and cutting-edge technology available to photographers to enhance their “raw” images.
Although the 5 days of the White Mountain, New Hampshire Fall Photo Tour will be filled with field and classroom sessions, you’ll also have time to enjoy this amazing natural eco-system with the new friends you’ll make in the group.
There is only space for 10 photographers on this adventure into the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the tour starts in just weeks, so you’re encouraged to email Susan today to reserve your space – [email protected] You can also learn more about the tour, Tony and Susan and the many tours and workshops they host throughout the year when you visit http://tonysweet.com/workshops/location-workshops/.
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